We have not seen Michael (Ferret Chaser) for quite some time here, though some forum members, including me, attending his Barefoot Wedding to Linda aboard her 50-foot house boat. The wedding took place in the lower reaches of the Bohemia River a few years ago, after which, they slowly made their way south, with Michael running his sailboat and Linda running the houseboat. It took quite a while because one of the houseboat engines died and the boat does not perform well on a single engine.
It took them about 3 months before they settled in at Hilton Head, SC, where Michael took a job as a marine mechanic, while Linda went to work as a receptionist in a doctors office. After a couple hurricanes, the sailboat getting slammed by lightning, and some harrowing times living aboard, they decided to become landlubbers and purchased just over 33 acres in the Tennessee mountains. The land is all woodland, lots of huge trees, and Michael is in the process of clearing about 5 acres to build a home upon.
The sailboat was sold at bottom basement price, and the houseboat was placed upon a huge, flatbed trailer and shipped to Tennessee where they than had it leveled up, a gas line installed, electricity run to the land, and moved aboard. Michael, who is a creative genius to say the very least, will be felling the trees from his land, then using a portable sawmill, cut them into building lumber and construct the home himself. He anticipates the project will take about 3 years or a little less.
Ironically, his marine mechanic skills are still in very high demand, therefore, he will drive to Hilton Head and spend a week or two there every month plying his trade. Micheal is an incredible mechanic and can manufacture boat parts that are no longer available using his milling machine, lathe and drill press.
Here's the view Michael and Linda have from their houseboat now. WOW!